Sneyd Park Residents' Association

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NewsUpdated 29 May 2018

In discussions at our recent AGM / Social Evening, members asked for the website to be revived and updated more frequently, so here goes!

At the AGM, both retiring Chairman, Gerry Bird and our new Chairman, Steve Small, emphasised the need to review the way the Association operates in order to strengthen our hand and move with the times. The Summer Newsletter will cover these matters in more detail and we will be seeking reaction to whatever changes we propose at that time. Meanwhile, the full minutes of this year’s AGM are available under the Publications heading.

Here are the key areas we’re examining:

How we communicate with one another makes email the obvious ‘best option’. Our email address list has been growing impressively over the last two or three years and we are nearing the stage when we can make rapid contact with individual members – or groups / streets of members – when an urgent need arises. Similarly, our contact with Bristol City Council and other organisations is now mainly by email – quicker, simpler and cheaper than by post. On planning matters, 200 objections from members can have two hundred times more impact than just the one from SPRA!

How we distribute the Newsletter has become an essential part of our review as we have found it hard to enlist replacements as members of our gallant team of road captains retire or move away. So we are actively exploring the possibility of providing a link on our website for the growing number of our members who are sufficiently computer savvy to elect to receive their Newsletter electronically, so reducing the workload for road captains. No action is required at this stage – the next Newsletter will be delivered to your door.

Collecting subscriptions by banker’s order would also reduce the burden for road captains and overcome concerns over their safety, carrying cash being a growing worry. It would also overcome the cumbersome process of repeated attempts to collect subs from members who are – increasingly it seems – only rarely at home. There were strong feelings too, that the proposed ‘subscription holiday’ for 2018/19 was not a good idea, so please have your £5 handy when this year’s summer Newsletter is delivered.



Why SPRA exists

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Sneyd Park is part of the Stoke Bishop district of Bristol, much of it falling within the Sneyd Park Conservation Area (SPCA).

The association’s area of interest is bounded by the following highways: Rockleaze, Downleaze, Stoke Hill, Old Sneed Avenue (to the junction with Roman Way and Avon Way) and Glenavon Park, to the edge of the Portway.

The links page offers access to Bristol City Council pages on conservation areas and specifically to an SPCA document with a defining map.

Under its constitution, the association’s aims and objectives are:

To maintain the existing character of the area by aiming to represent the views of the residents in general matters of planning and environmental issues and to promote community issues of benefit to the residents of Sneyd Park.



Membership

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Membership is open to all residents within Sneyd Park. Benefits include help with planning matters, three newsletters each year in March, July and November and one or two social events. Our annual membership subscription is £5.00 per household. To find out more about joining, please contact the membership secretary.



Committee

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Each year at the AGM in May a small committee is elected and this normally meets about six times a year or more frequently if necessary.

We look for new ideas and input from members and welcome constructive criticism. If you feel you would like to join the committee or may be able to help the association in some way, please contact the chairman.